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EPA Healthy Watersheds Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Healthy Watersheds Initiative encourages states, local governments, watershed organizations and others to protect and maintain healthy water bodies. 

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Prince George's County, Maryland Clean Water Partnership

January 1, 2014

The Prince George’s County, Maryland Clean Water Partnership (CWP) - between Prince George’s County and a private company, Corvias - began in 2014 intending to retrofit 2,000 acres of property with green infrastructure for stormwater management. As part of this process, both partners agreed that an emphasis on employing local, under-represented communities was necessary. Within the three-year period during which the project was completed, 66 businesses were contracted, almost 1,600 businesses were reached, and over 200,000 hours of work were generated.

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Taking Action: A Progress Report on the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

2014

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a framework to support adaptation and conservation of the country’s natural communities over the next five to 10 years (from 2013), based on climate change projections for the next century. The multi-partner strategy outlines a unified approach to maintaining the key terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems needed to sustain fish, wildlife and plant resources under the accelerating impacts of climate change.  This Taking Action progress report describes 50 projects that demonstrate implementation of a variety of actions recommended by the Strategy.

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Sand Berm to Protect Del Monte Avenue in Monterey, California

The shoreline along southern Monterey Bay has historically been subject to strong surge during storm events. These surge conditions are predicted to worsen in the future due to climate change. Each year on November 1, the City of Monterey creates a temporary sand berm to provide flood protection for Del Monte Avenue and an adjacent bike path.   Del Monte Avenue is a low-lying road that runs adjacent to the public beach.   The berm is designed to reduce the likelihood that storm surge will inundate the road.

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EPA Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies

2008, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compendium describes the causes and impacts of urban heat islands, and details green infrastructure strategies and other activities for reducing heat islands. Six reports present the multiple benefits that a community can achieve from implementing heat island reduction strategies. Voluntary and policy efforts undertaken by state and local governments to mitigate urban heat islands are also described.

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NYC Parks - Community Parks Initiative

2014

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) Community Parks Initiative (CPI) is a program that directs investment in neighborhood parks that have the greatest needs, to create thriving public places for targeted communities. The CPI is part of a broader NYC Parks agenda – “Park Resiliency” – which ensures that parks and open spaces will withstand and recover from disruptive events such as coastal storms and catastrophic floods, and withstand more gradual threats such as sea-level-rise associated with global climate change.

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What the Real Estate Industry Needs to Know about the Insurance Industry and Climate Change

2014

This report from the Urban Land Institute analyzes the relationship of real estate, the insurance industry, and climate hazards, and explores how it might transform because of the effects of climate change.

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NYC Cool Roofs Initiative (New York City, NY)

2014

The NYC °CoolRoofs initiative encourages building owners in New York City to cool their rooftops by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs and carbon emissions. The program not only combats the urban heat island effect, it supports New York City's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as outlined in PlaNYC - the City's comprehensive sustainability plan. 

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New York City Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects

2014

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program utilizes an adaptive management approach based on pilot project monitoring results and information collected and assessed from green infrastructure demonstration projects. Neighborhood Demonstration Areas were established in New York City pursuant to a March 2012 Modified Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This Order formalized the City’s inclusion of green infrastructure as an important component of its plan to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into local waterways, and improve the ecological health and quality of New York City harbor water.

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Navigating Litigation Floodwaters: Legal Considerations for Funding Municipal Stormwater Programs

2014

Published by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Navigating Litigation Floodwaters provides an overview of legal issues associated with user-fee funded municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) stormwater programs, as well as a summary of selected legal decisions and pending cases. The report represents how different courts across the nation have addressed  the issue of stormwater management, the types of legal analyses that have been used when evaluating MS4 fee programs and the kinds of factors that have been relevant in the courts’ deliberations.

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